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Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada votes for personnel matters

Author : Yaroslav Konoshchuk

Ukraine has got a new head of the National Bank, Ombudsman, and head of the Accounts Chamber
11:20, 16 March 2018

Read the original text at 112.ua.

 

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"Today is a decisive day. If they cannot agree on the personnel issues, then almost certainly early elections will be held in the fall," said our own source in the faction of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko (BPP).

The issue of the early parliamentary elections has unexpectedly surfaced on the agenda this week. BBP offers the president to dissolve the parliament, because until now the coalition cannot agree on a joint campaign for the presidential elections. It seems that the head of state did not accept this idea. However, the Parliament does not finally bury this option.

For a long time, the BPP and the National Front (NF) could not agree on personnel issues. NF wanted to get the chair of the ombudsman, and even prepared the candidacy of Lyudmyla Denisova, as it made a favor by voting on the approval of Yakiv Smoly for the post of the NBU head.

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The NF doubted that the “personnel day” will take place on Thursday. "They will vote for Gontareva, however, as far as I know, neither the Lyashko’s party nor Samopomich are going to vote for the appointment of Smoly as the chairman of the National Bank. And what will they get from this?" noted our interlocutor in the faction of the NF. Lyashko's party still remembers that they did not pay for voting on the budget. According to some information, the faction of the Radical Party supported the draft budget in exchange for voting for the bill "Kupuy Ukrainske", and it stopped at the stage of the first reading.

There was no clarity about the appointment of the members of the Court of Accounts, as well as the election of its chairman. According to 112.ua sources in the coalition, during the meeting the president promised the People's Deputy Valery Patzkan that this time he will be appointed head of the Accounting Chamber. "President's assurances are, of course, good, but he did not agree with all the influential people," our interlocutors note.

While deputies in the session hall were unsuccessfully trying to deprive people's deputy from the faction of the "Opposition bloc" Yevgeny Bakulin who had been in Russia for three years already of the immunity, they put the final point in the personnel question behind closed doors. The main stumbling block, according to 112.ua sources in the coalition factions, became the notorious priority of consideration of issues.

 

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"Artur came (the leader of BPP faction Artur Gerasimov, - 112.ua) and suggested: "Let us all vote with a package ...," said one of the members of the "front-line" deputies. 112. However, such a format would be very strange, considering that all these posts are not connected in any way.

The final point in the negotiations was put after the BPP meeting, held during a thirty-minute break in the work of the parliament.

"They decided that they would dismiss Gontareva before 14:00 and appoint Smoly (head of the NBU, - Ed.), and then they would deal with the ombudsman and the members of the Accounting Chamber," our sources say in the BPP faction said.

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Deputies have dismissed Valery Gontareva from the post of head of the National Bank of Ukraine with 342 votes. But everything was not so smooth with the appointment of her successor, Yakiv Smoly. The Speaker of the Parliament, Andriy Parubiy, suggested prolonging the morning meeting until the completion of the consideration of personnel matters, but they were adamant. "Colleagues, explain why not?" the speaker was perplexed. Effective voting became possible as a result of the support of the Radical Party. Lyashko was persuaded to vote in exchange for refusing to consider a bill that nullifies scandalous "Lozovoy" amendments in the Criminal Procedure Code.

At last, the parliament has found 247 votes for the appointment of Smoly. The new Chairman of the National Bank was supported by BPP faction, as well as the majority of the representatives of the NF faction, the People's Will and Vidrodzhennya group, part of the non-factional deputies, some of the representatives of the Radical Party faction and Samopomich. According to the media, the NF will receive the posts of two deputy chairmen of the National Bank.

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The plenary evening began with the appointment of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada. As is known, in accordance with preliminary agreements, this post was claimed by Lyudmyla Denisova. However, there was no absolute unanimity on this issue. Thus, People's Deputy Mustafa Nayem noted that after Denisova's appointment, "one political force now controls the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ombudsman." His colleague, Serhiy Sobolev, in turn, called on parliamentarians to "take ballots and secure a secret ballot". However, after a formal discussion, the deputies voted in favor of Denisova with 280 votes. Now the NF controls the law enforcers and the official, who must defend the rights of citizens affected by their arbitrariness.

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Around 5:00 pm the parliamentarians moved to appointing a new staff of the Accounting Chamber and his chairman. In accordance with the preliminary agreements, this chair was promised to the People's Deputy from the Udar group Valeriy Patzkan. His deputy, with the right of veto, planned to appoint Ruslan Lukyanchuk, who is associated with the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Olexander Turchynov. Last year, the deputies failed to vote for the appointment of a new staff of the Accounts Chamber, despite the preliminary agreements. This time everything went smoothly, and after a brief discussion with 263 votes, the parliamentarians appointed Valeriy Patskan the head of the Accounting Chamber.

 

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